Bury St Edmunds students learn lifesaving skills from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service

Students Ryan Bradley, Max Baldry and William Banham at Sybil Andrews lifesaving classes. Picture: E

Students Ryan Bradley, Max Baldry and William Banham at Sybil Andrews lifesaving classes. Picture: EVE FYNN - Credit: Archant

Lifesaving skills were brought into the classroom at a Bury St Edmunds school with the aim to raise awareness of ‘bystander CPR’.

The sessions at Sybil Andrews Academy, on Moreton Hall, were run by Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) to highlight the importance of CPR bystander knowledge in preventing fatal cardiac arrests.

James Whatling, SARS responder and clinical skills manager at West Suffolk Hospital, took the session with volunteer responders Dr Fiona Virgo and paramedics Tim Daniel and Kevin Breitsprecher.

Ben Hall, SARS’ general operations manager, said: “As SARS responders regularly attend patients in cardiac arrests, we know how important immediate bystander CPR is and the real need in the UK to raise more awareness of this.

“We decided a couple of years ago that we wanted to do our bit to raise awareness of this basic lifesaving skill.

“Anyone can learn CPR and we thought that we would approach local Suffolk schools to offer CPR awareness sessions to their students.

“This is done on an ad-hoc basis and offered without charge. Young people are like sponges and we feel that even if just one student remembers these skills and goes on to help save a life, then it will have been worth it.”

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